Make memories and sweet treats with your team for Valentine’s Day.
Why should you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your team?
Valentine's Day is known for romantic dinners, expensive chocolate and bouquets of roses, but that’s not the right vibe for work. Since V-day is all about love, it’s a great chance to show your team some appreciation with a fun event and some sweet treats.
Instead of passing out store-bought candies, treat your team to an experience that facilitates connection and makes memories together.
Best Valentine’s Day Events for Work:
Share the love and appreciate your colleagues with a fun virtual event. Cute and festive ingredients kits shipped to each participant.
Today I got a reminder that 7 years ago I hosted my first corporate kombucha workshop at frog' s SF office. I had been teaching public kombucha classes since 2012, but this was my first time in the corporate world.
I carried jingling boxes of jars with kombucha brewing organisms sloshing around inside into the hip loft-style building. I served samples of my homemade kombucha and led attendees through the fermentation process. The group was warm and enthusiastic. I had no ideal that this would be the start of something big.
Today I am also celebrating 1 year of having my very own workspace. It’s my office, packing warehouse, test kitchen, creative laboratory and in-person event venue. Having a physical space to run my business is the only way I have been able to scale in the way I have been able to. I have created over 25 different food, beverage and nutrition workshops ranging from kombucha brewing to non-alcoholic happy hours to zero waste kitchen hacks. Just in 2022, I taught 115 corporate team-building workshops and sent 2,000 packages for my team-building classes.
I love my job so much. It doesn’t mean it’s not hard or scary to run my own business, but it sure is worth it. A few of my favorite things are: connecting with people around food and nutrition, facilitating team-building around things I love, being creative everyday, sending people cute packages, learning constantly, and being really organized (I love organization!).
Thank you to all the teams who have booked workshops with me over the last 7 years. I couldn’t do this without you! Excited to see what 2023 has in store. I have lots of great things brewing.
Who said being healthy can’t be fun and taste delicious? Kick off 2023 by making tasty recipes with your coworkers while learning practical nutrition tips to use all year round.
Celebrate the new year sans booze! Host a Kombucha Brewing Workshop where your team will learn how to make their own ‘booch that will delight their taste buds and their gut microbiome.
Book an Elixir Happy Hour and make delicious (non-alcoholic) beverages packed with superfoods and herbs that naturally support your health and elevate your mood.
How it works:
-Choose from the list of Classes with Kits that cater to your team’s interests.
-Each participant receives an ingredient kit with all food items. Free US shipping.
-Lila will host a 1-hour long live workshop.
-Make featured recipes during the workshop with your team.
-An inclusive alcohol-free event. Also friendly for vegan and gluten-free folks.
-Foodie teams who want to learn easy at-home fermentation.
-Health-enthusiast groups who want the inside scoop on superfoods and herbs.
Workshops available virtually or in-person in the Bay Area.
Event planning made easy:
-Check out all of my offerings or just the holiday themed ones.
-Fill out my contact form with your event details.
-I'll help you choose an event that fits your budget, team size and interests.
-Reserve your preferred date and time (sooner is better, December time slots will fill up).
-Enjoy a fun and tasty stress-free virtual event with your team!
-Lila or one of her culinary team members will be the host. They hop into the Zoom room early to make sure everything is good to go and to greet early birds.
-The host welcomes participants as they enter into the Zoom room, reminds them of materials needed and has an ice breaker question in the chat.
-The host gives an intro and engaging background on the recipes
- Participants make the featured recipes! Along the way, your host will engage participants by asking people questions, encouraging attendees to show their culinary creations and prompting folks to share anecdotes or stories. The host will give nutrition and culinary tips as people are making the recipes.
-Quick group photo!
-After everyone makes the recipe there is time for a culinary show and tell. Attendees turn on their cameras if they wish and show what they made.
- Q + A time! Participants can ask questions related to any of the ingredients, recipes, nutrition/culinary topics or whatever is on their mind!
-Host wrap up and time for socializing
*Customization is always available! Also note that certain events have additional activities, such as trivia.
Strawberry Infused Vinegar & Summer Mocktails
(Makes 40 1tbsp servings)
-1 1/2 cup organic strawberries, cut into quarters. You can even include the green tops!
-2.5 cups unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (with the "Mother"), or a little more if needed to cover strawberries
-Optional: replace ½ cup of the strawberries herbs like rosemary, basil or mint.
-1 quart jar
-An additional quart jar or a 32 ounce glass bottle
-Wash jar and lid thoroughly with hot water and soap.
-Wash and cut strawberries into quarters. Add them into your jar along with the optional herbs. -Cover strawberries with the apple cider vinegar, leaving 1/2 inch of space between the liquid and top of lid.
-Before placing the lid on the jar, cut a square piece of parchment paper to place on top of the jar before you screw the lid on. This prevents the lid from rusting due to the acidity of the vinegar. Label the jar with the date and the contents.
-Place jar in a cool (ideally dark) area that is out of direct sunlight and allow to infuse for 2-4 weeks. Agitate (aka shake) the jar every few days to prevent mold growth.
-After the vinegar is infused to your liking, strain out the strawberries and pour vinegar into another clean jar or bottle. Label and store in the refrigerator
Note: If your strawberry vinegar starts to mold at any time, or show signs of fermentation such as bubbling, cloudiness or sliminess, discard the product.
Herby Cold Cucumber Gazpacho
(Gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, nightshade-free, paleo, AIP, keto)
This soup is perfect for a hot summer day. I have been very into drinking my vegetables recently and have made this soup 3 times in the last week. This recipe (like most of my recipes) is very flexible so add more of what you like and leave out the cilantro if it tastes like soap to you!
Super Easy Super Green Sauce Recipe
Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Super delicious, satisfying and healthy gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan cookies.
My Top 3 Caffeine- Free Coffee Alternatives
I love coffee, but unfortunately coffee doesn't love me. A few years ago I realized that my daily cup of coffee was hurting my stomach, making me break out and causing me to feel really anxious. I slowly transitioned it out of my life and my skin and mental health thank me for it.
I switched my coffee for tea, but still really I missed the taste. I searched far and wide for the best caffeine-free alternatives to replace my daily mug of joe. You can enjoy these in the morning, afternoon and evening. No need to kick your coffee habit to sip some new delicious herbal beverages.
Enjoy my top caffeine-free coffee alternatives and let me know which one is your favorite!
Let me know which one you like best!
As the weather warms up enjoy a refreshing drink that gives your body a nutrient boost. I enjoy these Herbal Spritzers in the morning, afternoon and night. They make a great celebratory drink if you’re cutting down on the booze too.
Let your herbal mixture cool to room temperature. Strain the liquid into a jar using a mesh strainer. If you used berries, make sure to use the back of the spoon to squish all the juice out. Compost the used herbs.
Add 1/4- 1/3 cup honey and shake jar vigorously to dissolve. I use much less than I would if I was making a syrup. Note that this will make your ice cubes a little sticky. You can choose to not use honey if you want an unsweetened version or try another form of sweetener.
I also add a splash of apple cider vinegar for preservation.
Some of my favorite places to purchase bulk herbs are Mountain Rose Herbs, Starwest Botanicals. and Lhasa Karnak